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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd (21 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412930480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412930482
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 1.8 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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L’Etang reinvents the textbook genre in form and content while simultaneously investing it with élan and serious fun in a reflective and theoretically informed fashion. Extending beyond the usual bounds of insularity, this text is designed to encourage critical thought in students and improve practice in workplaces. A refreshing read that is consistently inventive enough to attain both aims. (David McKie)

At long last fills a void in the landscape of text books on public relations theory and practice. This book is of immense value for students embarking on a public relations programme of study at the undergraduate or postgraduate level... The book’s core strength is that it develops critical thinking skills while exposing interdisciplinary approaches and providing a very solid foundation for lively debate and further study. (Julia Jahansoozi)

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Jacquie L'Etang is Director of the MSc in Public Relations at the University of Stirling (full-time degree). She was co-editor and co-author of Critical perspectives in public relations and Public relations: critical debates and contemporary practice and author of Public relations in Britain: a history of professional practice. She is currently writing a book for SAGE about PR and sport entitled Sports PR: Concepts and Issues.

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By Xginganuttax on 17 Nov. 2014
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need it for uni came on time
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donrad on 21 Feb. 2011
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L'Etang's book is a refreshing counterweight to American "How to" books that are mainly concerned with functional Public relations that unfortunately dominate PR curriculla even in Europe. By her eclectic approach the author forces students and practitioners to think for themselves instead of taking the author's point of view as gospel truth.

As a former lecturer in journalism, media and PR I would recommend this text as foundational text book at both undergraduate and graduate level if only to act as a counterweight to Amerrican texts -- and force students to think for themselves.
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It's OK, but I'm not in love 22 April 2012
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First the good points:

1) This text approaches public relations from a critical perspective, which is refreshing because it helps students put the profession in perspective without evangelizing for the industry or apologizing for its limitations.

2) It has a format that encourages reflection and analysis. The first page of every chapter begins with a highlighted box entitled, "Before You Read A Single Word." This section asks several questions to help students determine their understanding of the chapter's key concepts before they begin reading. This makes it easier for them to realize what they have learned when they come to end of the chapter. Also, that same first page has a list of key concepts that the chapter covers and the final page of each chapter offers a short summary of the content along with suggestions for further reading.

3) Overall, this text is thorough and covers all of the ideas and concepts that are important in PR today.

4) The price is relatively reasonable (emphasis on 'relatively').

Now the not-so-good points:

1) The writing is dry, which is surprising given the creative format of the book.

2) The sequence of chapters doesn't make a lot of sense to me. For instance, "PR in Promotional Culture," one of the strongest chapters--and one that is seldom present in other PR texts I've seen--is one of the last in the text. I find that odd when an understanding of the pervasiveness of public relations, from personal PR to celebrity to brand, is the perfect place from which to introduce undergraduates to the features of this dynamic practice, or craft as we once called it.

3) While theory is essential, the text delves into theory at the expense of covering practical applications of public relations. It does have a good chapter on health communication and social marketing, and there is the requisite chapter on media relations, but the chapters on corporate communications are more about organizational behavior rather than the place of public relations in the management function and there is virtually nothing on the core skills such as writing and issues analysis.

Bottom Line: This text is useful and I will probably pull selections from it for a course packet that I plan to use the next time I teach an undergraduate PR survey course. But as a stand alone text, I don't think this cuts it. (But I should also say that I have never found a PR text that I did feel was a stand-alone, so perhaps others will find it more suitable.)
Five Stars 12 Aug. 2015
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Bought for school. Nothing special.
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